What Olympic sports do you enjoy watching the most?
For the historian in you:
Skating across the ice dates back to early northern Europeans, who would use carved rib or shank bones strapped to their feet in conjunction with poles to glide across the ice and snow. But figure skating has roots in the United States, too; Jackson Haines, born in New York in 1840, capitalized on a dancing and skating craze in the leadup to the Civil War. Being the ballet master he was, he transformed skating from a leisure activity with rigid movements to a balletic competition sport that is seen today.
In my hometown, ice skating was a “fun time” to hang out with my girlfriends from junior high school. I was not very good at skating – never thought about lessons, I simply went for the camaraderie and I would pretend to float effortlessly across the rink, with one major concern! DO NOT FALL AND GLIDE ACROSS THE ICE.
Little kid in a small town
I did my best just to fit in
Broke my heart on the playground, mm
When they said I was different
Yeah, it’s still the same
Just white painted picket fences far as you can see
If you think we live in the land of the free
You should try to be black like me